Ben Elliott · Oct 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Play and Pause Music with Your Device’s ‘Search’ Key

If you just read our interview with Geniusdog254 but weren’t familiar with his work, this is a prime example of a small, useful, ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?’ tool that he created a few months ago.

Owners of almost any Android device will be familiar with the ‘search’ key found on their handset. While it can be extremely handy when performing certain tasks such as web-browsing and looking for applications in the Market, there are times in which the button could be put to better use.

Geniusdog254‘s Search2Play modification allows you to play and pause your music simply by pressing your Android device’s ‘search’ key. For devices with capacitive buttons, the screen must be switched on for this to function but for devices with physical, separate keys the modification can even be used when the phone is on standby.

To give the tool a try, visit the modification thread.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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